Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rock

Rock it!

Welcome to week 153 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

In case you wondered, last week’s contributions were absolutely wonderful! To put it simply: all of you Rock!! Which leads me to this week’s theme: Rock… Looking through photos for inspiration, it struck me that this theme would allow for all of your creativity to be used. Whether you feel like rocking the cradle or the boat, or be as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar, go for hard rock or soft rock, there might be something in this theme just for you!

I’m looking forward to find out what kind of fun you can dream up for this week! Have fun with it!

Sometimes, the rock gets ground down into something small and smooth…

Pebbles!

When I encountered these pebbles on the beach, I knew there would be something here to capture… It’s almost like a pattern was laid out in these pebbles, waiting to be uncovered!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Can’t wait to see how you’re going to rock this theme!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wonder

Which wonders do you see?

Welcome to week 152 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After last week’s pleasant surprise that I hadn’t used Sunrise as a theme before, I really wondered… And, yes!! I have never used Wonder as a theme either! Whether you want to feature the Wonders of Nature, the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World or make us wonder what you may have photographed, there are plenty of directions for you to take this theme! And, of course, I expect all of your ideas to be wonderful!!

I think that there’s a lot of fun to be had with this week’s theme, so I look forward to see what you are going to create!

Here’s one of Nature’s wonders

Giant Swallowtail

This gorgeous Giant Swallowtail was sitting perfectly still, allowing me to get a nice sharp focus that highlights all the amazing details of this stunning creature. One of these days, I will have to prepare a large print to bring out the colors of the individual hairs that truly stand out!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Looking forward to see what comes round the bend this week!

My Photo Workflow

Turning over a leaf

Last week I shared an example of an edit that I did to highlight a blue canoe on a rather dreary, sleety day. In that post, I mentioned that quite often I do very little to adjust a photo. So in today’s post, I’ll detail my standard workflow.

Even though I do a lot of little adjustments in Lightroom for events, I only use Lightroom for print preparation. To get any image ready for print, I use Photoshop, as all my printer/paper profiles are available to me in Photoshop.

Let’s take a look at the steps that I used to process this image of a solitary leaf that I used as one of my test images to explore the Fuji X-T1.

Solitary Leaf

In Photoshop, my first step is to duplicate the background layer (Cmnd-J/Ctrl-J), as I don’t want to make any changes to the background layer that I might want to undo later. This also has the advantage of doing quick comparisons between layers.

Select this new layer, I will apply some amount of sharpening using the Unsharp Mask filter. My typical range of settings for the Unsharp Mask are:

  • Amount between 50-100% (note that too much sharpening will create some artifacts
  • Radius in the 2-4 range
  • Threshold in the 3-5 range

These values tend to work pretty well; for this specific image I used 70% with a radius and threshold of 3.

Next, I duplicate the Unsharp Mask layer and select the Soft Light blend mode for the new layer. Soft Light darkens or lightens the colors, depending on the blend color. The effect is similar to shining a diffused spotlight on the image. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened as if it were dodged. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened as if it were burned in. As the impact of the Soft Light blend mode can be pretty overwhelming, I tend to use an Opacity of 7-15% on this layer (it’s usually more than enough). The effect of using the Soft Light blend mode is to provide a subtle bit of saturation without overdoing it. I find this works better for me than using the Saturation adjustment.

Last step is to adjust the Brightness/Contrast to make sure that the brightness is right. Also, I make sure to use Contrast to ensure that the image is not overly muddy.

At this point, I save the Photoshop document and, if I want to create a cropped version of the image (quite often I don’t) that is a next step. There are times when I have a specific format in mind that I will crop for; if that’s the case, I save the cropped version as a separate Photoshop document.

That’s all there is to it! Hope that this was interesting to you, and feel free to ask questions, if you have any.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 148

Welcome to the 148th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Cream rises to the top, which means that all of you created a magnificent Surface this week! Many of you found some interesting surface that spoke of deep, meaningful explorations! You also went deeper, well below the surface to bring out thoughts that should be shared by all! Your photography was amazing, as always; there were a couple of images that completely blew me away with their beauty and execution. Explore and see, if there are some that affect you similarly.

A great big thank you for all your effort and the amazing posts, as they were a pleasure to read and absorb!!

Here’s something from below the surface…

Going below the Surface!

This shot came from an all-too-short excursion into the Chincoteague area. I was lucky enough to see some amazing wildlife and spent some time capturing this white egret, while it was fishing. With the incredible range between the dark background and the stark white of the heron, I have not come up with a perfect solution for capturing it, but this one is not too bad.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. Xenia has a couple of awesome posts, the first of which is in whippetwisdom and about helping the hounds of Macau with Eivor and Pearl relaxing on a soft surface! Her second post is in Tranature, where the seals are snoozing on the sand!
  2. Klara brings us a great surface on the turtle in her post in Sliku svoju ljubim II; excellent mixture of textures!
  3. Shelley shares a great set of surfaces in Quaint Revival, where she also reveals that old clicking habits die hard…
  4. In a lovely post in Minding my P’s with Q, we get treated to a combination of Nature and human-made surface…cool photo!
  5. That great photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery brings back memories of sailing and walking in the gullies at low tide!
  6. Another fantastic post from sgeoil, in which the beaver is swimming along the surface!
  7. Marie shares a gorgeous photo in the New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect! That is a lovely surface!
  8. Maria’s post in her blog KameraPromenader makes me think that a particular part of that plaque is more popular than the rest!
  9. Na’ama takes us well below the surface in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda and brings depth to the theme!
  10. This week, pensivity101 stays right on the surface, which is a good thing when you’re in a boat!
  11. Woolly takes us to the water in Woolly Muses with a good contrast between the placid days and the stormy sea!
  12. In an interesting post in A Midnight Rider, we get to see the surface of the harbor of New Bedford, Massachusetts with some cool views!
  13. In a great post in Reflections, we see that not everyone is afraid of the big, bad wolf!
  14. The post in Chateaux des Fleurs for this week’s theme has surfaces for both Winter and Summer!
  15. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand makes me wonder…is walking on water possible?
  16. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie takes us to the surface of the moon in Mazatlan!
  17. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 features a surface that might not be welcomed by all…
  18. With a stunning photo in Land of Images, we get to experience the multiple textures of surfaces.
  19. With a gorgeous post in Misty Roads, we get to experience the grace and beauty that floats on the surface…
  20. Penny’s inspired poem in Penny Wilson Writes is simply amazing! Oh what lies beneath the surface!
  21. In Biking to Work‘s post, we get to enjoy the contribution to surface artistry by a one-eyed, elderly family member…
  22. With a challenge from Life Amazing, who can not want to look to see what lies below the surface?
  23. Jase’s post in Proscenium channels thoughts of Bruce Springsteen, which may have been about that surface!
  24. In another lovely post in Heart to Heart, we examine some of the differences between surfaces!
  25. Sarah has another fantastic photo in her post in By Sarah; it’s a bit of an eyeball bender: what do you see?
  26. Kammie really went for a great variety of surfaces in her post in Nut House Central; which is your favorite?
  27. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post we go with the flow to make a sily, smooth surface!
  28. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine brings us a surface that also provides its own sound track…
  29. In Pictures without Film, Ken provides several great surfaces; I’m somewhat partial to the second one…
  30. Yinglan shares some great photos in This is Another Story, as the partial freeze of a pond provides great material!
  31. Sandy brings us some amazing koi in Out of my Write Mind; they skim the surface with great shape and color!
  32. In another great post in A Pause for Nature, we get to explore the many layers that make up the surface…
  33. Susan’s photo in Musin’ with Susan is a truly stunning macro shot of a mushroom! Such perfection!!
  34. In a wonderful post in Sharing Thoughts, Indira brings us a couple of awesome surfaces; one has a shy visitor!
  35. Debbie shares a gorgeous photo of a turtle in her post in Twenty Four; turtles are simply amazing creatures!
  36. Olga has a couple of stunning photos in Stuff and What if…; of course, this is one tree surface that I always admire too!
  37. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais goes to the simple beauty of black and white with a great photo!
  38. In a wonderful post in Another LQQK, Teressa examines a number of surfaces from great vantage points!
  39. The Raku pottery in the Alchemist’s Studio is stunning and has amazing surface textures!
  40. Cee brings a number of fantastic surfaces into her post in Cee’s Photography!
  41. Carol shares a fantastic surface photo in My Silly Snail Blog, which is a truly creative blog!
  42. Robert shares another stunning photo in Photo Roberts Blog! The combination of reflection and surface is one to behold!
  43. Tracy’s post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind invites us to look below the surface…she shares her life with great honesty, which I very much appreciate! The struggle is real, and you’re not alone, Tracy!
  44. Inspired by Tracy’s post, Dawnbird’s post in A Shared Space brings Marie Kondo to the surface; love that collection of condiments!
  45. A wonderful photo in Thief Images Photography Blog provides us with a rather slippery surface!
  46. Donna brings us a great post in Wind Kisses with a good variety of surfaces and some areas that I’d love to explore; I can’t believe that I haven’t made it to Arizona yet!
  47. Brian shared a really cool surface in his post in Bushboy’s World; cafe counters can be stunning!
  48. Debbie shared a wonderful post in ForgivingConnects about the power of letting love speak and listening to one’s heart!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Surface

The power of the river

Welcome to week 148 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Thanks to everyone for the great contributions on last week’s theme; you managed to run with Crawl without any problem! For this week, I thought it might be fun to go with a theme that allows you to go to any level that you like: Surface! It’s up to your creative minds to document the surface, or see what surfaces or go below the surface to uncover what lies beneath. Of course, your surfaces can be of any topology that you choose!

Have some fun with this one and don’t hesitate to poke the surface and see what you stir up! I’m looking forward to your creative endeavors!

Here’s a surface with a slight ripple…

Liquid Power

This image came from a leisurely exploratory drive along the Connecticut river; as I drove North into Vermont, I thought it would be a good change of pace to drive South through New Hampshire. That’s where I found this hydro power plant in Bellows Falls, VT.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Enjoy your week and I can’t wait to see what floats to the surface in your creative endeavors!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 147

Crawling up a leaf!

Welcome to the 147th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Lots of great Crawl photos with a ton of creepy crawlies, although I find most of them rather enticing and lovely! There were some touching crawling shots of babies, and even some adults! There were even multiple interpretations of Crawl, ranging from the Australian crawl to skin crawl and crawling with ants!

Thank you all for putting together this wonderful array of posts that were a blast to read. I hope that all of you enjoy them as much as I did!

Here’s a lovely little crawler…

Going for a bite!

This is another shot from one of my visits to Tower Hill Botanic Garden. I noticed this bug crawling on this magnificent leaf and loved the textures that were presented to me.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. Sarah posted some great photos in her post in By Sarah; those are some serious crawling hills!
  2. Kammie found some lovely crawlies in her post in Nut House Central; Nature provides some great variety!
  3. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post we get treated to a lovely sight: some rather cute monitors!
  4. Na’ama really unlocks the potential of crawling in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda and that photo just makes me want to sit there and enjoy!
  5. In theonlyD800inthehameau‘s post, there is a rather a cute twin crawling, who now plays rugby!
  6. In Pictures without Film, Ken has two great caterpillars! Which one do you prefer?
  7. I just love the photo in the post in Chateaux des Fleurs, which is a great example of what may crawl up on us!
  8. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie shares something that made her skin crawl… I can understand why!
  9. This week, pensivity101 shares some lovely crawlers with us, something that made her mum’s skin crawl!
  10. In a fun post in Reflections, we get to see that Lucy knows how to crawl under the bedding. We have one of those at home too!
  11. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand has a wonderful combination of beautiful photos and humor; go enjoy it!
  12. Jase’s post in Proscenium shows that there might be no way to do anything but crawl out of that driveway!
  13. Debbie’s photos in her post in Travel with Intent are stunning and colorful, as those snails crawl ever so slowly in Baku!
  14. Sandy would love to see more than a bit of crawl in Winter’s progress, as we see in Out of my Write Mind; she’s ready to plant tomatoes!
  15. Captain Jill brings us some wondrous crawly sea creatures in her post in Capt Jills Journeys!
  16. In another fantastic post in Heart to Heart, we get to catch up over coffee, as traffic is crawling by!
  17. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine shares the beauty of metamorphosis that is being achieved with a crawl!
  18. Brian’s post in Bushboy’s World features the color green, as it slithers along the tree’s branches!
  19. The wonderful photo in firehorseworld features a bit of crawl, which also has quite the jump!
  20. That’s an wesome photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, where we get to see how a dog crawls through the snow! Our corgis can relate!
  21. Klar captured a gorgeous caterpillar in her photo in Sliku svoju ljubim II, which is a beautiful blog!
  22. Maria’s post in her blog KameraPromenader has a gathering of creepy crawlies… which is your favorite?
  23. Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan documents the misadventures of Mathilda, who makes Susan crawl…go check it out!
  24. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais highlights that one kind of crawling that none of us enjoy: crawling traffic!
  25. I love the post from sgeoil, which is crawling with ants that are crawling everywhere!
  26. Tracy’s post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind documents the plight of insects, as their populations are dwindling. Her photos are stunning and her post makes a very sound point that we need to mind!
  27. In a great post in Another LQQK, we go up close and personal with some Japanese beetles, who are getting a food meal!
  28. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 shows that rolling stones can gather more than moss!
  29. Woolly’s post in Woolly Muses brings us the history of the Australian Crawl, which is very interesting!
  30. Khürt provides another amazing post with stunning photography in Island in the Net, where he explores the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Friday Mystery Slide – 2019 #05

It looks warm here!

Here comes a fifth mystery slide post of this year….

This week’s entry comes from the boxes of slides that I received from my father-in-law. For full disclosure…I’m not 100% sure where the mystery location is, but I think that I know it… Based on the slide, I think the image was captured in the early 1960s.

There’s a nice view with a bay not too far away…

Box E – Image 124…where are we?

It appears to me that there are some old fortifications in this image. Where do you think this might be?